Ricky Walden’s win at the International Championship today yesterday brought us to the third mid-season seedings revision of the 2014/15 season, with Mark Selby retaining his spot at number one, but with points to defend at the upcoming UK Championship, he faces a battle if he is going to stay there.
Click below for a round-up of all of the key changes to the seeding list…
- Click here to view the final standings at the third mid-season seedings revision
Following a quiet run from the ‘big three’ at the top of the rankings, Mark Selby retains his place at the top of the rankings and in fact extends his lead at the top to over £80,000, Nell Robertson losing his points from making it to the final in Chengdu back in 2012.
Ding Junhui remains a distant third on the official list at least, but with Selby set to lose his points from his victory at the 2012 UK Championship before the next cut-off, Ding moves up to provisional number one on the latest projected seedings list.
Of course Ding was one match away from becoming world number one on the official list for the first time at this year’s World Championship and there is no guarantee that he will achieve that goal this time, but the opportunity is very real, despite the deceptively large gap on the current official list.
The Top 16
- Robert Milkins
- Graeme Dott
Following his run to the semi-finals of the International Championship this week, Robert Milkins moves back up into the world’s top 16 after the tournament, edging out Scotland’s Graeme Dott who fell at the last 64 stage.
Elsewhere in the bracket, Judd Trump falls five places to 11th, his lowest ranking position since 2011 following the loss of the points earned from his victory in Chengdu a couple of seasons ago, while Stephen Maguire in 14th (effectively 15th due to Ali Carter’s protected seeding), is as low as he has been in almost a decade.
Moving up though are Chengdu finalists Mark Allen and Ricky Walden, up to 6th and 8th from 8th and 11th respectively, while John Higgins remains in an unfamiliar 12th position.
- Mark Joyce
- Peter Ebdon
Having been out, in and then out of the top 32 already this season, Mark Joyce is now back in amongst the top 32 at a career-high ranking of 31st, moving up above Peter Ebdon.
That said, despite dropping outside of the top 32 for the first time since his second professional season, Peter has actually enjoyed an impressive run of form of late, mounting a strong defence of the semi-final points falling from the 2012 International Championship with a last 16 run this year, as well as strong runs in Sofia and Haining.
- Jimmy White
- Gary Wilson
Just one change in and around the top 64 bracket at this cut-off, as Jimmy White moves back into that bracket, following match victories at each of the last three events carrying ranking points. Having struggled at the European and Asian Tour events last season in particular, it has been a good effort from Jimmy in recent weeks as he bids to retain his tour status.
Dropping out is Gary Wilson, who has won just one European Tour match in the period following the previous cut-off.